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Georgia Militia at Griffin

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
1. Georgia Militia at Griffin Marker
Inscription. On Nov. 15, 1864. Maj. Gen. G. W. Smith, CSA, was at Lovejoy’s Station (13 miles N) with 2800 infantry of the First Division, Georgia Militia, 3 batteries, and about 250 local reserve cavalry, to support Iverson’s division of Wheeler’s cavalry [CS] which was watching for a movement by Gen. Sherman’s army [US] toward Macon and Savannah. That morning, Gen. Sherman began his March to the Sea. Elements of his Right Wing marched from White Hall (West End) near Atlanta towards Jonesboro and Lovejoy’s Station.

Although prepared to fight a delaying action in works built at Lovejoy’s Station by the Army of Tennessee[CS] following its evacuation of Atlanta, in the late afternoon Gen. Smith learned that the Union column had turned SE, 4 miles N of Jonesboro, toward Stockbridge and McDonough. At dark, he withdrew his force to the fortifications at Griffin to protect the hospital center here.

Late the next day (16th), having learned that the Union forces had moved through McDonough (17 miles NE) toward Jackson and Macon, he withdrew his command to Forsyth (30 miles SE) to protect that defenseless town and to keep his troops in a position to delay the enemy’s advance toward Macon.
 
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 126-13.)
 
Marker series.
Georgia Militia at Griffin Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 25, 2010
2. Georgia Militia at Griffin Marker
The Georgia Militia marker, another Georgia Historical Commission marker to the Orphan Brigade, and Memorial Park. looking west toward Griffin.
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 14.775′ N, 84° 15.225′ W. Marker is in Griffin, Georgia, in Spalding County. Marker is at the intersection of Memorial Drive (U.S. 19) and South 1st Street, on the right when traveling west on Memorial Drive. Click for map. The marker is located between Girffin's Memorial Park and the Stonewall Confederate Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Griffin GA 30223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Orphan Brigade (here, next to this marker); Confederate Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); To the Women of Griffin and Spalding County (within shouting distance of this marker); Spalding County (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); The City of Griffin (approx. half a mile away); Lewis Lawrence Griffin (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Spalding County (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Griffin.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 735 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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